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Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Top 5 Ways on How to Make a Decision about Your Wedding Style

Top 5 Ways on How to Make a Decision about Your Wedding Style

June 19th, 2017 This weekend, we met with a couple who were complete opposites. She was trendy, went to every single hot spot before they were trending anywhere, while he was very country, enjoyed just sitting on the patio, drinking a beer and hanging with friends, but when you saw the way she looked at him, or the way they talked about their ideas, you could tell these opposites were perfect for each other. Yet, they couldn’t decide on what their wedding style should be. With their diverse backgrounds and ideas on their wedding, we dedicate this blog to them! Here are our Top 5 Ways on How to Make a Decision about Your Wedding Style. Decorating Style: You two are going to live together, so your merging decorating styles will be the first step in deciding what your wedding style should be. It will help you narrow down the choices of laid-back, contemporary, rustic or timeless. Favourite Date Night: You two obviously have that one way of relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. Use that when figuring out your wedding style. If you two love enjoying wine tastings at local vineyards, you can incorporate this with your venue or décor! Favourite Hang Out Spot: Sounds weird, but where’s the place you guys love hanging out with your friends, whether when together or apart. This will help you narrow down the vibe you want. Are you the type of people who like to snack on appetizers and have a couple of cocktails? Why not have a cocktail reception instead of a formal dinner? Music: Are you a band or DJ couple? If you want a band at your reception, then the genre of music they play will be a major player in your wedding style. Colour Palette: By narrowing down your favourite type of colour palette, you’ll be able to decide on your wedding style. Love greenery? Have an outdoor wedding. Love big, bright, bold colours? Make that your wedding style! Contact us today about how Your Perfect Day by Jess can help you with your perfect wedding...

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Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Top 10 Father-Daughter Songs

Top 10 Father-Daughter Songs

June 12th, 2017 Another weekend, another beautiful wedding, and the wonderful opportunity to sit down with the incorporable DJ Christian of Magic Moments! This time, we decided to discuss his Top 10 Father-Daughter Songs! “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle “Daddy Dance with Me” by Krystal Keith “In My Daughters Eyes” by Martina McBride “Find Your Wings” by Mike Harris “Cinderella” by Steve Chapman “Georgia on my Mind” by Ray Charles “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw “Daddy’s Angel” by T. Carter “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts “When You Say Nothing At All” by Roman Keating What beautiful and creative songs! If you haven’t checked out DJ Christian yet, you must do so! And don’t forget to contact us today about your free initial...

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Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Top 5 Do’s and Don’t’s About Wedding Invitations

Top 5 Do’s and Don’t’s About Wedding Invitations

June 5th, 2017 Good morning YPDers! If you’re an avid reader of our blog, you know how much we love weddings! They’re what we live, what we breathe! So when we opened our mailbox this morning and saw that invitation, well, we definitely squealed, out loud instead of using our inside voice, which is where we got today’s blog post idea! Here are our Top 5 Do’s and Don’t’s About Wedding Invitations! Do… Don’t… Choose invitation colours that match your wedding colours. Remember, your invitation is your guests first peak into your wedding, so make it count!   Use more than two fonts. It will make the invitation look messy and chaotic, and you don’t want that to be the vision of your wedding.   Be different! There are so many styles of wedding invitations out there, but most brides stick to the same look each and every time. Makes yours stand out!   Forget to stamp the response cards! The last thing you want is to make your guests go out looking for a stamp so they can RSVP.   Use correct titles. If you’re going to spend all this money on beautiful invitations, then make sure grammar and correct titles are used. You don’t want to seem sloppy.   Be vague about who is invited. Make sure you address each and every person on the inner envelope or state XX amount of guests are invited on the RSVP card.   Allow plenty of time to put all the invitations together and send them out. Better to be ahead of the game, than late to sending them out.   Use address labels. Have someone print the addresses on the envelope or, if you’re feeling fancy, have someone handwrite each invitation in calligraphy.   Do keep an invitation as a keepsake. A lot of couples don’t think about this but trust me, you’ll want to look back on it at your 25th wedding anniversary.   Skimp on ordering extra invitations and envelopes. Better safe than sorry in case one gets lost in the mail or accidentally damaged as your assembling them.   There you go YPDers! Can’t wait to see what invitation ideas you come up...

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Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Interview with a Past Client – Gulnaz & Zaman

Interview with a Past Client – Gulnaz & Zaman

May 29th, 2017 Another weekend, another amazing meeting with a beautiful wife! This weekend, we got to sit down with the amazing Gulnaz, Gully to us, who married her Prince Charming in August of 2016! As we sit here looking at this stunning woman, we get to talk to her about one of the most beautiful weddings we have ever had the pleasure of being a part of! Enjoy! YPD: How did you and Zaman meet? Gully: We met at a wedding in Chicago. Zaman was on the groom’s side and I was on the bride’s side. We both hit it off and kept in touch for a long time after I boarded my flight back to Toronto. YPD: How did Zaman propose? Gully: We were at a music festival up north, in Wayhome, and he arranged for a sunrise hot air balloon ride. We usually do fin and spontaneous things so it wasn’t suspicious at all, hence I was wearing sweat pants and Reebok sunglasses I got at a random show. High in the sky, with Georgian Bay on one side, Toronto on the other, and the sun beaming down on us, he asked me to smile for a picture, and when I turned around, he was on one knee. YPD: What was the style / theme for your wedding day? Why did you choose that? Gully: A spin on an Indian and Great Gatsby theme. Both themes are all about fun, dancing, great food – which is very representative of our personalities. YPD: Why did you choose to have a coordinator for your wedding day? Gully: We were having a large wedding and lots of entertainment, so we knew we needed someone to not only coordinate us for the day, but also our family and friends. It made the most sense! YPD: Why did you decide to go with Your Perfect Day by Jess? Gully: Simply, because Jess is awesome! She knew exactly what we needed, did everything we wanted, and so much more! YPD: Would you have done anything differently? Gully: I would have taken Jess’ advice and started everything two hours earlier. We planned too much in too short of a timeframe. What a great sit down! Love our...

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Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Non-Traditional Ways Couples are Planning Their Wedding

Non-Traditional Ways Couples are Planning Their Wedding

May 22nd, 2017 Tradition has always been a part of the marriage ceremony, and whether that be cultural traditions, or wearing a white dress when walking down the aisle, but in the last couple of years, we’ve seen this tradition slowly dwindle down. My favourite tradition that wasn’t used was when Jay Z took Beyoncé’s last name instead of the traditional reversal. So what other trends are we noticing? Well, here are our Top 5 Non-Traditional Ways Couples are Planning their Wedding. White Wedding Dresses: It slowly started when the stark white wedding dresses started going into different hues, like the off-white’s and ivory’s, but lately we’ve noticed brides wearing dresses with colour. Some brides will simply change their white shoes but a predominate colour that matches their wedding scheme, while others will actually have a bright pink wedding dress! Registries: More couples are deciding to live together before getting married, so they already have the household items they need, but since it’s rude to ask for money at your shower or wedding, couples are now registering for out-of-the-box ideas! Why not register for your guests to help pay for that honeymoon to Bora Bora? Or for cooking classes? Sky’s the limit for new experiences! Seated Meals: Instead of having seated meals, whether served or buffet style, couples are now opting to change tradition and have guests serve themselves. How is this different from buffet style? Hire your favourite food truck so guests can choose off the menu of what they want! Have a cocktail reception so guests are served amazing, filling hors d’oeurves throughout the night! Wedding Cakes: This is one of my favourites! Couples are opting out of the traditional, buttercream wedding cakes and serving cheese-wheel wedding cakes or pancake wedding cakes! Choose your favourite way of winding down the night and use that as your wedding cake! Donuts are amazingly sweet! Or what about a cake made of macaroons? The possibilities are endless! Evening Weddings: Why are day-long weddings becoming a bore? Because they’re literally done every time! Now, couples are opting out of the ceremony in the morning and reception in the evening and, instead, having brunch weddings! It works so well in so many ways! Get married at your reception site at nine o’clock in the morning, serve hors d’oeurves and Bellini’s while you take your photos, and then do a brunch for all your guests. Party the afternoon away if you like, or just relax and lounge! We’d love to hear from you! Let us know what non-traditional things you’re doing at your...

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Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Best Kept Secrets for Photos in the GTA

Best Kept Secrets for Photos in the GTA

May 15th, 2017 Yesterday, we enjoyed our Sunday driving around the GTA. As we enjoyed the weather, we began looking at the amazing, hidden photography locations for our beautiful couples! This is where today’s blog came into play! Here are our Top 5 Best Kept Secrets for Photos around Town! Cherry Beach: An obvious one when you think about it, but no one ever thinks about this great location for their wedding photos! When it features sandy beaches, wooded areas, a boardwalk, and cute, cool bridge, why wouldn’t you have your photos here? Edwards Gardens Conservatory: In one location, you have a large fountain, a staircase, beautiful walking trails, gardens, bridges… It’s a must see that allows you to have both traditional and non-traditional photos in any season. Kensington Market: You go there every week for the awesome food and great deals, but do you ever notice the lively feeling or colourful buildings? It’s a great, hip neighbourhood that will get you amazing shots! Lawrence Market: Want something even more hip than Kensington? Check out this architectural landmark that has exposed, old brick, adjoining buildings, funky shops, and delicious food! Union Station: For those looking for something different and creative, this is the best place to go! The architecture is absolutely fascinating, the trains are beautiful and opulent, and there are so many different places to eat, drink, and take gorgeous pictures! There you have it YPDers! Keep in mind, your photographer will know even better locations, so always ask them for their...

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Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner

Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner

May 8th, 2017 After working Canada’s Bridal Show the weekend of January 8th, 2016, and speaking with countless couples, we started thinking why wedding planners are needed in today’s wedding. Whether for full wedding planning, or month-of coordination, every wedding needs a wedding planner, just like every restaurant needs a head chef, because you need someone to be making sure every little detail is completed perfectly and without hesitation. So, with that in mind, here are our top 10 reasons why you should hire a wedding planner! You deserve everything to be perfect on your big day! A great wedding planner will minimize the stress and maximize the fun. You’re not very good at sticking to a budget. Your wedding planning experience should be enjoyable, not stressful. Great wedding planners ensures dreams are made reality. You don’t want to spend hours finding suppliers and trying to figure out who is trustworthy. Wedding planners have worked with so many different vendors, and know which vendors will give you the wedding you want and deserve. You don’t want wedding planning to take over your life, especially since the average wedding requires 250 hours to plan with a guest count of 100. You have a great venue coordinator but they will only handle what you’ve rented through the venue. A wedding planner cares about every detail involved in your wedding, including the venue. You need help making your vision a reality. A wedding planner will find out exactly what type of wedding you want, and will make it come to life. You’re struggling to meet the demands of your friends and family. Wedding planners will handle the crisis and act as the “go-to” person. You’re planning a wedding somewhere other than where you live. You love the planning, but aren’t great at the little details, like creating a schedule. A wedding planner will orchestrate your wedding from the rehearsal through to the end of the reception. Contact the wedding planners at Your Perfect Day by Jess for an initial free consultation to find out more on how we can make your wedding day...

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Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Top 3 Do’s & Don’t’s about Decorators

Top 3 Do’s & Don’t’s about Decorators

May 1st, 2017 It’s the first day of May, and we could not be happier! Beautiful flowers will start to bloom, the weather will start to warm up, and the colour schemes brides will be able to choose from will be so amazing, we can’t even describe how excited we are! With all these colours and options available, event decorators are essential in any wedding. The amount of work, time, and effort event decorators put into your wedding makes them valuable on so many different levels, because they make the vision of your wedding come true, whether it be how you want your house to look, the ceremony to look, or the reception! In the spirit of how critical event decorators are, here are our Top 3 Do’s and Don’t’s About Decorators! Do… Don’t… Make sure you have a budget in mind. People can spend thousands of dollars on their décor, and though completely worth it, it might not be feasible for you. When you meet with the decorator, tell them your guest count and your budget, and they will be able to tell you if it’s feasible or not. Keep in mind, though, that any worthwhile decorator will not leave their shop for less than $5,000. Assume you own everything after the event. Make sure you know exactly what your guests can take home, what is rented, and how much it will cost if a guest accidentally takes something home. Ask if they charge a design fee outside of the actual design itself. A great wedding designer will give you three designs to choose from, but will charge you for additional designs. So make sure you’re completely honest from the get go on what you want and don’t want. Think that the design staff will stay at your wedding for the entire time. Once set up is complete, they will leave until it is time for teardown. Check if you’re paying for food, travel or board for the team. Depending on the distance between the decorator’s office and the venue, you may need to pay for one, if not all, of them. Ask ahead of time so it isn’t a shock to you if it happens afterwards. Go for the decorator that’s the cheapest just because you don’t want to spend the money on décor. Your décor is what makes your wedding different from all the others, so you want it to be pronounced and beautiful! Have a great day YPDers! We will see you...

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Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Top 4 Do’s & Don’t’s About Bakers

Top 4 Do’s & Don’t’s About Bakers

April 24th, 2017 It’s that time! Your wedding is approaching, and it’s time to book your baker! You want someone delicious, of course, but there are so many options for you to decide on, like if you want a cake, cupcakes, cookies, pastries, and so much more! So how do you decide which baker is right for you? Here are our Top 4 Do’s and Don’t’s About Bakers! Do… Don’t’… Taste the cake before you put down a deposit, and remember that the way your cake tastes now is the way it’s going to taste on your wedding day. If not, make sure somewhere in your contract there’s a money-back clause. Bring a bunch of people to your tasting. You will have too many different tastes and it will make it too difficult to decide which flavour to go with. Select a style, either before you go meet your baker, or during your meeting. A true baker will be able to create a cake specifically for what you want, and by knowing what you’re looking for, the baker will be able to create something to your liking. Change your mind a couple of weeks before the wedding. Please remember that creating a wedding cake is an art form, and your baker may have started the unique accents already. Plus, they may not have time to create a brand new design for you. Size up how many pieces you’ll need. If you’re serving dessert, or even a sweet table, not everyone will have a piece of cake. So assume everyone one in three guests will have cake. Leave without pricing out what you want. You want to go in with your baker knowing exactly how much you’re willing to spend before they craft something specifically for you. If you have the budget for you, try going mini, where every one of your guests get their own, mini cake. How amazing would it be seeing the wait staff handing each and every one of your guests a detailed mini wedding cake for dessert? Get a cake and not put it on display! You spent money on this amazing artwork, so show it off! I hope this helps YPDers! Don’t forget to contact us any time to help you plan Your Perfect...

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Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Top 5 Ways to Help Decide What Time of Day You Should Get Married

Top 5 Ways to Help Decide What Time of Day You Should Get Married

April 17th, 2017 You’ve found the perfect place to have your ceremony, but now you’re wondering when you actually get married! Do you get married in the morning? In the afternoon? How early? What’s too late? There are many things to consider when deciding when you should get married, and to help you figure it out, we’ve put together our Top 5 Ways to Help Decide What Time of Day You Should Get Married! How early are you willing to wake up? This is especially important if you like to sleep in! Depending on how large your bridal party is, you may have to wake up as early as four o’clock in the morning to start getting your hair and makeup done. Can you handle that? Are there any other weddings happening that day? You want to make sure that there is plenty of time between weddings. You don’t want anything overlapping, like décor being set up while guests are still leaving the previous wedding. When are you starting your reception? You don’t want to keep too much time in between your ceremony and reception for your guests. Keep your guests into consideration so they don’t have to figure out what to do with the lengthy wait time. How big is your bridal party? You want to make sure you have enough time to take photos in between your ceremony and reception. A photographer will normally recommend approximately two and a half hours for a ten person bridal party. If you have a larger bridal party, you’ll want more hours. However… Are you doing a first look? Because if you are, then that will give you more time to use in between the ceremony and reception. You won’t need the entire two and a half hours to do photos. You’ll probably need no more than an hour! There you go YPDers! Contact us today to help you make sure your wedding is absolutely...

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